3 years in Oracle

January 16th 2007 was my first day in Oracle. I went straight to boot camp (the training programme) after a very quick session of interviews.

I guess it was the fastest hiring ever. On January 11th (a Thursday) I had the languages test, the next day I got a phone call. The next interview was set for Monday, January 15th. Later that day I got another phone call. “Tomorrow you will start…”
Three years later… I can’t hardly believe it…
I’ve changed 6 desks, but it was good, as I like changes.

I have learned a lot, I’ve been and still am involved in interesting projects. I’ve grown professionally a lot. I speak Spanish and English on a daily basis. I’ve seen people coming and going, I’ve coached a lot.
I renewed big contracts. I’ve solved issues. I’ve received emails of appreciation.
Sometimes I feel like wanting a change, but not only a job change. Until I am ready to make that change, I think I will stay a little bit longer within Oracle.

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Appraisals

Another fiscal year ended May 31’st and I had to appraise my work and to receive appraisal from my superior. I am constantly appraising my work, not on a daily basis but quite often. But when you have to really put it on paper, that’s when you realize you’ve done a hell of a lot. And when you have the confirmation from someone who is monitoring your activity that, indeed, you’ve done a great job, that’s really rewarding.
My overall rating is Exceeds Expectations. Outstanding would be “too” perfect and there is no such thing, as it could imply a lot of other things, like salary raise or promotion. Besides, there is always room for improvement.

Leadership qualities

As I had to complete a survey regarding my team leader’s work behavior, I wanted to see what other people think the top ten qualities of a leader should be.

First, a leader must have a vision, if possible, a clear one. But a vision is not enough. Leader must share it and act upon it.
A leader must have the trust of followers and therefore must must display integrity.
A leader inspires dedication by example, doing whatever it takes to complete the next step toward the vision.
A magnanimous leader ensures that credit for successes is spread as widely as possible. To spread the fame and take the blame is a hallmark for effective leadership.
Leaders with humility recognize that they are no better or worse than other members of the team.
Openness builds mutual respect and trust between leaders and followers.
Creativity is the ability to think differently, to get outside of the box that constrains solutions.
Fairness means dealing with other consistently and justly.
Assertiveness is the ability to clearly state what one expects so that there will be no misunderstandings.
Finally, a sense of humor is vital to relieve tension and boredom, as well as to defuse hostility.

That’s a wrap… I hope

Final reports have been delivered. I hope there’s nothing more we should do. Figures are not that good as they were once, but given the circumstances, they are OK. That’s all for my part, I am calling this a wrap…

At last…

The promises had been kept. I received all the confirmations I needed, and more. I struggled until the very end but I did it again. I am proud, why not say it? I won’t be modest about it. I knew deep down that good things would happen to me, as always…

The worst Q end ever

Today is the last day, the day when all promises fail to accomplish. I don’t want to classify certain persons that promise everyday a response and when it comes the final hour, disappear. I’ve tried everything. It’s up to them now… Nevertheless I cannot escape a feeling of frustration… I hope it will soon pass…

Dinner out with the team

After a successful Q comes a dinner out with the colleagues. It turned out OK. Just OK.
We’ve been previously asked what we would like to order. I spent half of the day yesterday sending mails to the restaurant and they still mixed up some dishes. Anyway, we are used to this kind of “professionalism”. Then we wonder what’s wrong with this country. Well, the people, without any doubt…